13 Oct 2008

Health Department in American Samoa to launch dengue awareness programme

6:34 am on 13 October 2008

The Health Department in American Samoa plans to launch a new dengue fever awareness programme in the territory's schools.

The campaign comes as 22 new confirmed cases of dengue have been reported this month, bringing the year's total to 184.

The Health Department's medical director, Dr. Ivan Tuliau, hopes the new campaign will start in the next couple of days to encourage students to clean their surrounding areas where mosquitoes breed.

The director says health officials are also ready to work with individual villages or organizations during this new awareness campaign.